Swell Times: changes to World Surf League Championship Tour

FANS of competitive surfing have been divided in opinion by the recent Surf Ranch Pro event in Lemoore, California.

As part of a World Championship Tour that has traditionally been held in the world’s oceans, the arrival of this wave pool event has been a huge step.

There’s no denying that when the pros are able to piece together a solid run at this wave, the results can be mind-blowing.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Stab High aerial event featuring WA’s Creed McTaggart, set to run in Texas on September 22.

The best recent news has been the announcement of the World Surf League Championship Tour schedule for 2019.

The slightly altered format will see a later start to the year in April rather than March, the women joining the men in Peniche for their Portuguese stop rather than Cascais, and the reshuffling of the Bali Pro between Bells and WA.

The best part is that the WA stop remains in Margaret River from May 27 until June 7.

MATT BOWEN,Rip Curl Scarborough